Esteban Gutierrez began karting in 2004, encouraged by his older brother Andres. He competed in karting for the next two years, before moving to single-seaters in 2007. He finished second in the Formula BMW American Series and then, in 2008, he raced in the European series which he won with 7 victories.
In 2009, he moved to European Formula 3, taking 2 podiums and finishing in 9th place. A move to GP3 the following year, saw Gutierrez take 5 wins out of 16 races. This was enough to secure the title with 2 races to go.
After participating in end of season tests in GP2 the previous two years, Guiterrez secured a drive with Lotus ART in 2011. He ended the season in 13th, having secured one victory. During this year, he was also the reserve driver for the F1 team, Sauber.
In the 2012 GP2 season, Gutierrez took 3 wins to finish runner-up in the series. Due to his success, he was made Sauber race driver for the 2013 season. He finished 16th in the championship, having scored just 6 points. However, the following year was a poor one for Sauber and he failed to score a point.
In 2015, he became the third driver for Ferrari after failing to stay with Sauber. In October 2015, he was announced as the driver for Haas in 2016. He lost his drive for the 2017 season, replaced by Kevin Magnussen.